“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” I love a good quote, and this one from E.B. White is one of my favorites. It's the first of twelve epigraphs in my book, Sabbath in the Suburbs.
The trouble is, there are thirteen chapters.
A big publishing house that will remain nameless didn't bother to answer my request for permission to use a verse of this wonderful poem. So, I need a new quote and I need it by tomorrow.
No sense in drawing these things out, eh?
Obviously the quote should have something to do with Sabbath, or time, or living gently in the midst of our days. It can also come from the other direction and highlight the frantic busyness that grips many of us. It must not require me to seek permission, which means it can be from a book but it can't be more than one line of poetry, hymn, song, or prayer, unless it is in the public domain (generally pre-1923).
Comment here or on my Facebook author page or e-mail me at maryannmcdana (at) gmail (dot) com with your suggestion by 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday June 26. If your quote is chosen I'll send you a copy of the book when it comes out, plus an added surprise bonus.
Image: bonus photo of my Meglet, who improves the world simply by enjoying it.